A couple of weeks ago I posted about my trip to Bali to take part in the 15th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. (Read that post HERE).
Now I’m home and after two incredible weeks, I want to recap on the festival and what I gained from it.
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Well, I know I’m a little late to the party (only by 4 years) but following the hype of the Netflix movie (much deserved) I finally picked up To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before…. AND OH MY GOD.
Listen, I’m a sucker for romance (hello, I’m Amy, the biggest hopeless romantic on planet Earth!) and this one just sucked me right in.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a YA romance novel by Jenny Han. The book follows Lara Jean Song Covey who writes a letter to every boy she’s loved before (duh). View Full Post
On October 23rd, I’m going to be catching a plane from Australia to Bali! I never thought I’d be heading to Bali this year but when the opportunity to go to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival came up, I jumped at the chance.
The Festival, in its 15th year of running, is located in Ubud, a little way outside of Denpasar and calls itself ‘an annual pilgrimage for lovers of literature and conversation’.
The Universe of a novel can be never-ending. Think of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Verse, started with the books in the Shadow and Bone trilogy and continued in the Six of Crows duology. What started in three books, extended into two more books which further explored the expansive world that Bardugo had created.
I’m low key (read high key) obsessed with verse stories. I love the idea of dipping in and out of the same world, exploring it every time with new characters.
That’s why I love writing companion novels. I want to stay in the world I’ve created but venture into another part of it that can only be seen by certain characters.
Pantsing versus plotting. This topic comes up a lot in the writing world.
Let’s start with what these two terms mean. Pantsing refers to jumping into a novel without having a plan for what will happen (writing by the seat of your pants), whereas plotting is all about, you guessed it, plotting your novel and going in with a good idea of what will happen.
A lot of writers pick one side or the other. You can be a plotter or a pantser, but I think finding the balance of both can really be the key to writing successfully.